Hong Kong 2006
Chapter 13:
Administrative Framework
Transport Strategy and Policy Objectives
Railway Development and Railway Development Strategy 2000
Transport Infrastructure
Public Transport
Transport and Environment
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Public transport in Hong Kong is among the best in the world. It is efficient, affordable, comfortable and safe. The choices available, coupled with the route links, have few equals.

The Government is committed to providing an efficient transportation infrastructure to meet the challenges of population growth and continuous development. The undertaking is to ensure public transport is readily available above and below ground. It places particular emphasis on railways, and promotes and encourages the use of public transport by ensuring quality service. It also manages road use to reduce congestion and promote safety, and continues to support environmental improvement measures in transport-related areas.

Railway development projects progressed smoothly in 2006. The construction of the Sheung Shui to Lok Ma Chau Spur Line (the Spur Line), which will help relieve the increasing congestion at Lo Wu and cope with the growth in cross-boundary rail passenger traffic, is expected to be completed by mid-2007. The construction of the Kowloon Southern Link, which will connect the East Rail with the West Rail at the southern tip of the Kowloon Peninsula, started in 2005 and will go into operation in 2009. The construction of the Tseung Kwan O South Station started in 2006 and will go into operation in 2009.

Several other railway projects are in the planning stage. The Sha Tin to Central Link will extend the East Rail across the harbour and the West Rail to Ma On Shan. The Government is reviewing the scheme under the Kai Tak Planning Review and Wan Chai Development Phase II, as well as the proposed rail merger between the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR) systems. For the West Island Line, the Mass Transit Railway Corporation Limited (MTRCL) has completed the preliminary design and submitted the Revised Project Proposal in August. As regards the Northern Link and the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) is now conducting engineering and business studies as well as preliminary site investigations.

There was also good progress regarding the development of road networks. Construction work for the eastern section of Route 8 between Tsing Yi and Sha Tin started in 2002 and would be completed in late 2007 (Cheung Sha Wan to Sha Tin) and in stages between 2008 and 2009 (Tsing Yi to Cheung Sha Wan). The Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor is scheduled for operation in mid-2007 to tie in with the commissioning of the boundary crossing facilities (BCF) at Shekou. With this addition of a fourth cross-boundary land crossing, it is expected that Hong Kong's cross-boundary vehicle handling capacity will increase by more than two times. As regards the proposed Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, which will link Hong Kong direct with Pearl River West, the governments of Guangdong Province, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Macao Special Administrative Region are now tackling the outstanding issues of the feasibility study, including the locations of the BCF and financing arrangements.

Implementation of the Intelligent Transport Systems Strategy continued during the year. The scheme calls for deploying advanced information and telecommunication technologies to improve the safety, efficiency, reliability and environmental friendliness of the transport system in Hong Kong. It features two core projects — the Transport Information System, which is under development, and the Journey Time Indication System, the first phase of which has been put into operation on Hong Kong Island.

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